Michigan Governor (2006)
U.S. President: Michigan (2008)
Sep 2, 2010
Incumbent Granholm's Woes Make An Underdog Of Bernero
Incumbent Jennifer Granholm (D), first elected in 2002, is term limited. Once upon a time, there was talk, serious or not, about changing the Constitution so that the Canadian-born Granholm would be eligible to run for president. That was a long time ago.
The awful state of the Michigan economy and the resulting collapse of polling numbers for Granholm have made Democratic candidate Virg Bernero the underdog in November's election. Bernero, the mayor of Lansing, is hoping his strong labor backing from the United Auto Workers will move him into the governorship; Republicans say that Bernero is too liberal and too beholden to the unions to be effective. The GOP candidate is businessman Rick Snyder, the most moderate candidate in the primary field that included state Attorney General Mike Cox, Rep. Peter Hoekstra and Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard. Snyder has made effective use of TV commercials that vaulted him to the nomination. -Ken Rudin
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